Daily Archives: January 20, 2012

Official: American arrested in Syria

The U.S. government confirmed Friday the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Syria, a State Department official said. Consular access has not been provided, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation. … Continue reading

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SRCC: Daily News Round-up Jan 19

SRCC: Daily News Round-up Jan 19

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Video: Thousands march in Syrian cities

Thousands of people have held anti-government protests in Syria, chanting for the downfall of the government. At least 12 people were killed by security forces across the country, activists said. The reported violence comes two days before an Arab League … Continue reading

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U.S. considers closing its embassy in Syria as protests persist

The U.S. is considering closing its embassy in Damascus, Syria, due to security concerns. Arwa Damon reports.

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Syrians protest by thousands as violence goes on

Buoyed by the opposition’s control of a town near the Syrian capital, thousands of people held anti-government protests Friday, chanting for the downfall of the regime. At least eight people were killed by security forces across the country, activists said. … Continue reading

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Regime forces kill leading Syrian activists; Russia says no to Western intervention

Syrian security forces killed four leading pro-democracy activists in an ambush in northwestern Idlib province on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The activists, who had gone into hiding with armed opponents of the Damascus government, were shot … Continue reading

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Violence keeps Syria on edge, Arab mission may extend

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis At least six people were killed in Syria on Friday and the bodies of six others were turned over to their families, activists said, two days before the Arab League decides whether to keep monitors there … Continue reading

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Arabs lean toward extension of Syria mission-source

By Ayman Samir Arab states are likely to extend the mandate of their monitors in Syria despite concerns over their inability to bring about an end to bloodshed during their first month there, an Arab diplomatic source said on Friday. … Continue reading

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Video: Tensions grow in Syria

Amateur video shows thousands taking to the streets against the Syrian government as dozens gather in support of Assad in Damascus. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Syria Plans ‘Managed Float’ of Currency, Bank Governor Says

By: Massoud A. Derhally Syria will introduce a managed float of its currency next week, central bank Governor Adib Mayaleh said. The move will allow the pound to devalue after demand for foreign currency drove a surge in black-market rates. … Continue reading

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